2011 Ford Mustang GT

First things first. With a bore of 92.2mm and a stroke of 92.7mm, the high-tech DOHC 32-valve engine under the hood of the 2011 Ford Mustang GT making its debut at the 2010 Detroit show displaces 4951cc. That figure legitimately rounds to 5.0 liters, unlike the 4942cc displacement of its pushrod predecessor. That overgenerous rounding drove some of us persnickety engineering types crazy for all those years, so right off the bat we’re inclined more favorably toward this new V-8. Indeed there is a lot to like about this high-tech engine, starting with its output figures: 412 horsepower and 390 pound-feet of torque (on recommended but not required premium fuel, slightly less on regular no-lead).

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Structured Settlement

Millions of Americans are injured in accidents each year ? often the injured opt for compensation through a structured settlement. This type of settlement provides a stream of payments over many years.

While this option works well for some, many people find that they need larger sums of cash in the near term to pay for things such as college tuition for a family member, a down payment for the purchase of a home, debt reduction, medical expenses, or perhaps to start a business.

That’s where J.G. Wentworth steps in. Thousands of individuals contact us every month to inquire about selling some or all of their monthly payments for a lump sum. For some, selling their structured settlement payments is not the best option; for others it clearly is. J.G. Wentworth’s team of experienced representatives will work with clients to customize options tailored to each individual’s needs.

J.G. Wentworth has, by far, the most experience purchasing structured settlement payments from consumers, with a customer base that is much larger than any competitor, and over $2 billion in payment transfers.

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2011 Jaguar XKR Special Edition, Black Pack, and Speed Pack


The Geneva show is basically a place for all the beautiful cars of the world to gather together, with everything else simply serving as filler. Perhaps concerned that its most beautiful model, the XK, might get lost among the newer, more exotic metal, Jaguar will be introducing a few new ways to spice up the very powerful, yet relatively tame XKR coupe. Sorry, they won’t be offered on the base XR or the XKR convertible.

There will also be an XKR Special Edition offered for 2011, and it essentially combines the two packages detailed below with a fully-loaded XKR. Only Piano Black trim will be offered on the Special Edition, and a custom Jaguar XK suitcase will be tossed in the back as a bonus.

XKR Speed Pack
Long story short, the Speed Pack uncorks the high end of the XKR’s performance, making the 155-mph speed limiter disappear, thereby allowing the car to hit a top speed of 174 mph (280 km/h.) For added stability, the package adds a revised front splitter and a larger spoiler at the rear to reduce lift. The computers controlling the car’s active differential also makes the steering system less sensitive at high speeds, further contributing to better stability. We’re unsure what performance is added by painting the brake calipers red, but that’s been done too, though they also feature “R” logos poking out from behind 20-inch “Kasuga” wheels.

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2010 Geneva Show: Alfa Romeo Pandion Concept by Stile Bertone


Alfa Romeo commissioned three styling houses–Giugiaro, Pininfarina, and Bertone–to come up with design proposals for the next generation of 159 family vehicles. The first of those three, Bertone’s Pandion concept, slipped out early and it is, at the very least, very interesting. The front end, while definitely designed to be an Alfa, looks vaguely like the helmet of a Spartan warrior. From the side, the Pandion uses a long, flowing piece of glass (probably clear plastic, actually) that evokes BMW’s supercar concept from last fall’s Frankfurt show. At the back, it’s hard to say what exactly this concept looks like, because it doesn’t quite look complete. The best we could come up with is that it looks like the scenes of Star Wars showing the Death Star under construction, like it’s a futuristic, complex structure that’s still missing some pieces. But man, it is cool.

Since this coupe concept is meant to be a study mainly previewing the next 159 sedan, it isn’t really surprising that the face looks so production-ready while the doors and rear end are more ready for the jump to light speed. We’re excited to see what Pininfarina and Giugiaro come up with to compete with this futuristic coupe.

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2010 Ferrari 458 Italia

La Pista di Fiorano, Ferrari?s private test track, is two giant hooked paper clips wedged between a porcelain tile factory that belches white smoke and a scruffy apartment block whose tenants, we learn from an exasperated Ferrari spokesman, are always bitching about the noise.

Noise? Describing a Ferrari in full scream as ?noise? is probably against the law in Italy. The riffraff wouldn?t dare if the old man were still around. It?s like calling the Bayeux Tapestry a beach blanket.

Nonetheless, Ferrari?s jaded neighbors have forced the mighty House of Enzo, whose much photographed red-brick factory gate is just across the street, to abide by strict sound-level limits and obtain special permits to run racing cars with open exhausts (Ferrari also owns the Mugello circuit near Florence to the southwest, where it has moved much of its testing). The fact that the Fiorano facility, built in 1972, predates most of the buildings around it doesn?t inhibit the neighbors? chutzpah.

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2011 Jaguar XKR Special Edition

Jaguar will unveil the latest dramatic evolution of its supercharged XKR coupe at the Geneva Motor Show in March. This XKR delivers a significantly raised maximum speed ? up to 174mph from 155mph?? and bold styling changes that create an evocative and unique supercharged Jaguar.

The XKR Coupe unveiled at Geneva showcases two new optional performance and styling packs ? Speed Pack and Black Pack – that are introduced to the XK range at 2011 Model Year. Jaguar customers have the option to personalise their vehicle to create a car that offers even greater performance without compromising the refinement and luxury for which every Jaguar is renowned.

By raising the XKR?s maximum speed the new car has extended its sporting credentials taking it even further into supercar performance territory.

Russ Varney, Chief Programme Engineer, XK Series, explains the philosophy behind the uprated XKR: ?With 510PS and 625Nm of torque, the XKR has immense reserves of power and acceleration which impress everyone who experience it. The car has always had the potential to reach speeds far beyond its original electronically limited maximum and many of our customers have expressed an interest in a car that can safely be driven faster where conditions permit. The new Speed Pack allows them to release some of that potential and give them control of the fastest Jaguar XK we?ve made to date.?

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2010 Audi A5 2.0T Quattro Cabriolet – Short Take Road Test

Audi has made a religion of going its own way in the ongoing battle for parity in the German luxury-sports realm, and the A5 Cabriolet is yet another proof.

What?s different? Check that folding top. It?s cloth, an increasingly rare material in the world of contemporary convertibles. Most cars in this class have graduated to solid tops that fold themselves up like metallic origami. But Audi resisted that trend with the A5 and S5 convertibles, which were new for 2010. Though it?s become endangered, the word ragtop still has meaning here.

The Virtues of Cloth

Why, you may reasonably ask, is this a good thing? Ever since the Mercedes-Benz SLK 230 made its appearance for 1997, we?ve been deluged with hosannas about the advantage of a folding metal convertible top; coupe-quiet with the top up, sun-in-face with the top stowed, a covering that will likely endure well beyond the life of traditional fabric. All true.

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97 Reasons to Quit Smoking

1. You won’t have to pay more and more and more and more each year.
Yup, taxes will almost certainly continue to go up. New Jersey, Vermont, and Connecticut are among the states leaning harder on smokers for revenue, but even some tobacco-growing states are beginning to milk the coffin-nail cash cow. Lawmakers’ reasoning: There is evidence that price increases cause smokers to reduce consumption. And the medical costs of smoking are astronomical?a huge burden to the states.

2. You’ll inhale fewer germs.
New research suggests cigarettes are crawling with germs, which can be inhaled along with the smoke. It?s not clear if the germs can make you sick, but the yuck factor is undeniable.

3. You’ll be smarter than Goofy.
“No Smoking” is a superb 1951 Disney cartoon depicting the history of tobacco use and, in modern times, Goofy’s addiction and attempt to quit (there’s a hilarious Mad Men-ish scene of an office full of smokers). It ends with him smoking an exploding cigar as the narrator concludes: “Give the smoker enough rope and he’ll hang on to his habit.”



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57 Million Americans Sickened by H1N1 Flu: CDC

FRIDAY, Feb. 12 (HealthDay News) ? With the H1N1 swine flu pandemic apparently winding down, federal health officials said Friday that about 57 million Americans have suffered through the illness since last April, and the total could range as high as 84 million.

In addition, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that as many as 378,000 people were hospitalized due to H1N1 flu and up to 17,160 Americans may have died from the virus.

The death toll so far remains less than half that seen in flu seasons before the advent of the new H1N1 strain. According to the CDC, in prior years some 36,000 Americans died from influenza during a typical season. Hospitalizations were much higher with H1N1, however; in prior seasons, a little more than 200,000 people are typically hospitalized, the agency said.

The data ?provide the first assessment of the number of cases, hospitalizations and deaths from H1N1 for the period of April 2009 through Jan. 16, 2010,? noted Dr. Pascal James Imperato, dean and distinguished service professor at the School of Public Health at State University of New York Downstate Medical Center in New York City.

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Samsung S8500 Wave

Enter a new platform. With a boom. With a bang. A Bada kind of bang. Another of the big guns wants to play by their own rules. Samsung?s second spot in global market share was hard fought but it will be a while before they as much as wish the same for the Bada. They?ve been a consistent innovator over the last couple of years but getting baby Bada up and running must be quite a challenge.

The Samsung S8500 Wave is Bada?s carrier vessel and it certainly looks interesting. It seems to have the right thing to make it newsworthy: slim profile and an absolutely gorgeous screen. But is it enough to make it a success?

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Samsung S8500 Wave official photos

Over the past years new touchscreen platforms have been spreading like wildfire but not all of them have managed to catch on as well as their developers must have been hoping. Android fares well but still hasn?t quite overcome its growing pains, while the well settled Symbian platform is still coming to terms with touchscreen.

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Samsung Wave Makes a Splash at Mobile World Congress

When Samsung announced that it was developing its own mobile operating system, one question came to mind: Do we really need another mobile OS? Whether we do or not, Samsung’s Bada OS has made its debut at Mobile World Congress on the new Samsung Wave handset. While I’m not yet sold on the software, the Wave has some pretty hard-to-ignore features.

For one, the Samsung Wave sports Samsung’s new Super AMOLED display technology. I’ve praised Samsung’s AMOLED phones in the past for their excellent viewing angles and vivid colors, but have been disappointed by their performance outdoors. According to Samsung, Super AMOLED fixes this: The technology offers a brighter, clearer and less reflective display. The Wave has a 3.3-inch display-a bit small compared to other smartphones on the market-with an 800-by-480-pixel resolution.

The Wave also runs TouchWiz 3.0, Samsung’s proprietary user interface we’ve seen on the company’s Android, Windows Mobile and high-end feature phones. As the name implies, TouchWiz is very touch-friendly, though on older Samsung phones, I’ve found it to be sluggish and not always intuitive. According to Samsung, TouchWiz 3.0 lets you customize your homescreen with widget versions of your favorite social networks, like Facebook or Twitter.

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Happy Lunar New Year 2010! February 14, 2010 – Year of the Tiger

Planning a Celebration?

Sequence of the Tet Celebration

Do it right. Here’s a step-by-step sequence of the Tet Celebration

Preparation.During the week before Tet, some families visit the graves of parents and grandparents. Fresh earth is placed on top, weeds removed from around it and incense is burnt to invoke the souls of the dead from the other world to return to visit the family home.

The Kitchen God (Ong Tao or Mandarin Tao) is also called the Hearth God, the Stove God or the Household God. This god who was privy to the family’s most private business and intimate secrets for the ending year, returns to Heaven to make his report to the Jade Emperor. This report includes the year’s activities of the household in which he has lived. On the 23rd day of the 12th month, a farewell and thank you dinner is given to the Kitchen God by the household. The Kitchen God will need a week for his mission to Heaven.

Folklore has made the spirit of the hearth into a picturesque character, a buffoon who is the butt of crude jokes. Although he is a messenger of the Jade Emperor in Heaven, he is depicted as so poor as to be unable to afford much clothing. He wears an important mandarin hat but goes about with bare legs because he has scorched his pants in the hearth fire. Another version tells that he was in such a rush to get back to Heaven that he forgot his pants and ascended in only his underwear. Efforts must be made to put him in a proper mood to secure a favorable report to the Jade Emperor of the family’s activities. Offerings are made to him. These gifts certainly aim at influencing the outcome of the report. But no one considers such gifts to be crass bribery. Such pleasantries merely sweeten the god’s way, as perhaps cookies placed by the fireplace will please Santa Claus, who might be tired from delivering so many gifts on Christmas night.

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Faxless payday loans: Faxing is not required

Faxless pay day loans do not require any documents to be faxed. It means that these loans do exist online. The online service is very fast and instant and no information of the borrower will be disclosed at any cost. This service is safe and secure. In previous times, there used to be fax machines which require time and patience and applicant has to stand in the long queues to submit the loan application and it requires so much of patience and time.

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How To Protect Your Credit Against Fraud & ID Theft

Copyright (c) 2009 Suzy Vanstrusen

Consumers are constantly reminded to keep on guard against identity theft and fraud. If you suspect identity theft, you can place your report on fraud alert. This way, when someone tries to open an account under your name, creditors who may inquire about your report will see the alert and contact the owner of the report before approving the application.

Nevertheless, a fraud alert can be ignored. Creditors do sometimes ignore the warnings and approve the application. To provide consumers with a more reliable protection against ID theft, credit freeze was introduced.

Understanding Credit Freeze

What is the difference between a credit freeze and fraud alert? Unlike a fraud alert, a credit freeze blocks new creditors from accessing an individual?s credit report. Not even the owner of the report can take a look into it while it?s on freeze. To make the credit report available for inquiry, the owner must first request for the freeze to be lifted.

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How to Use the Google Finance Search Tools

Stocks and the stock market is a fast-paced world to keep up with. In order to stay ahead of the game, you?ve got to be organized, aware of what?s going on, and have easy access to the latest financial news. The Internet has quickly become the number on means of getting and sharing information immediately. This is crucial for keeping up with finance. Furthermore, websites like Google.com have additional tools and resources to stay updated and informed about the financial market. Google Finance is a branch from Google.com that focuses solely on the financial information and news that is so vital to you.

To access Google Finance, click ?more? at the top of the page on Google?s homepage, then click Finance. On the home page of Google Finance is five tools that will help you stay updated and organized. Here?s a brief description of how to use each of these tools:

This is a great way to get a quick overview of the current position of global markets. The top section, ?Market Summary? shows articles from leading stock market analysts and is updated quite frequently. You will see a link to the original article, a summary, who provided the information, when it was posted (in minutes), and include a picture of any grafts or images were included in the article. This is a great way to see what the latest news is, and decide from there if you want to read the full story.

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Chief Finance Officer Job Description

Historically, however, over half of all owners of business personal property have not rendered.

The Texas law was unusual in that while rendition was mandatory, there was no penalty for not rendering. Therefore, many property owners did not render because it was not material, was not convenient or would dramatically increase their tax liability. For many small business owners, the value of the personal property and the associated property taxes are modest and not a material issue for the business.

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Chief appraisers at central appraisal districts and tax entities have long been conceed that a material amount of business personal property is not being taxed. There is a reasonable conce that if business personal property owners are not being taxed equitably with real property owners, the burden of taxation is shifted from owners of personal property to owners of real property.

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Could this be the end of free banking?

Banks could be changing the way in which accounts operate, as high street banks have been put under pressure in the way they issue charges to customers for breaking terms, such as exceeding agreed overdrafts. This will mean that they will have to explore new avenues for raising revenue, which is likely to lead to the end of free banking.

Paid accounts, mortgages and overdrafts would be affected by the changes, as reliance on the significant charges issued to customers would be reduced.

A ground-breaking court case has been under way over these charges for quite some time in which a number of banks are involved. The Supreme Court is expected to rule on whether the Office of Fair Trading can assess their fairness within the next few weeks.

But despite the outcome of the case, banks are taking action in order to prepare themselves for surviving without this lucrative income stream.

Richard Kibble, a partner at PwC, said:?Current accounts seem to be heading towards a very different structure,?

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Finally Best teen driver insurance Rates I Can Get

Looking for a cheap and affordable teen driver insurance can be very difficult.It was very hard for me to find an affordable car insurance that I can be happy with. I had looked just about everywhere I possibly can to get the best rates possible. I even tried going through my Yellow Pages phonebook to call each and every single teen driver insurance company in my area for the best rates.

Unfortunately I was very disappointed every time I got my quotes because they ended up giving me higher rates than I had expected. I knew that I did not deserve to be getting this high rates because my driving history wasn?t that bad.

That?s when I decided to try several options that I had not tried before.I went ahead and decided to find a local agent in my area for quotes. I was able to get quotes within a quick amount of time despite the fact that my agent was pretty busy in the beginning. But still I was not happy with the teen driver insurance quotes I received from the agent. That?s when I realize that I?ll never really be able to get low auto insurance quote by going through an agent. His boss basically carried on the additional cost of aquiring an agent onto my.

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2009 BMW M3

“After a rainstorm, when the skies cleared, I took a brisk drive through the mountains,” notes assistant Web producer Carlos Lago. “With one light illuminated on the power button, two on the EDC, the M3 becomes keener; its visceral side begins to show. The M3 retains the smoothness and tractability, but ups the sensation of each corner and the rate at which you pass through them. It’s a wonderful feeling, one that generates awe and inspires confidence in equal measure. There is no road long enough for the M3.”

Lago also gets warm fuzzies over the M3’s transmission. “The DCT, in automatic mode, has an otherworldly smoothness. The shifts happen so quickly, but without tactile indication. If it weren’t for the display in the dash, it’d be hard to know the current gear. Manual mode is just as impressive: It delivers shifts three seconds before your brain perceives them. Toe to toe, a manual transmission doesn’t compare.”

World’s single greatest car? Seriously? Yes — the new BMW M3 is unquestionably a contender. Probably no other car combines so many virtues — speed, handling, good looks, roominess, practicality — into one package. Driving the new BMW M3 is an absolutely blissful experience, flooding your brain with dopamine as if you were arriving to courtside seats at the Lakers game with Jennifer Connelly on your arm.